Eric Hoffer Quotes

With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.

Eric Hoffer

In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

Eric Hoffer

The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.

Eric Hoffer

Creativity is discontent translated into arts.

Eric Hoffer

The greatest weariness comes from work not done.

Eric Hoffer

The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.

Eric Hoffer

No matter how noble the objective of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion - it is an evil government.

Eric Hoffer

The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody.

Eric Hoffer

A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness.

Eric Hoffer

The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.

Eric Hoffer

In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world which no longer exists.

Eric Hoffer

Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.

Eric Hoffer

Intolerance is the Do Not Touch sign on something that cannot bear touching. We do not mind having our hair ruffled, but we will not tolerate any familiarity with the toupee which covers our baldness.

Eric Hoffer

To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.

Eric Hoffer

A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.

Eric Hoffer

It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.

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